Police continue to collect, review evidence in fatal crash

Investigators continue to gather and review evidence collected thus far in a fatal pedestrian crash Sunday that killed a Marine Corps sergeant on leave.



Monica Plank, 34, of Stafford, Va., a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, was struck by a northbound vehicle around 12:17 a.m. on the Blue Jacket Creek overpass in the 900 block of south Main Street, and later died from the injuries.

Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said this morning detectives and officers have collected evidence such as surveillance video from businesses in the area and statements from witnesses.

Officers were at the scene again Monday rechecking the area for anything that could help resolve the investigation.

“Obviously it will take time to go through what we’ve collected and to check for more evidence that might be out there,” the chief said.

Gunnery Sgt. Plank had left 68 Grill, 1141 S. Main St., and was walking northbound in the roadway because sidewalks were piled deep with snow and ice.

Witnesses report there had been a disagreement between her and her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Chris Plank, a Logan County native.

He followed after her and was some distance behind her when she was struck by a vehicle. The motorist continued on.

Officers and paramedics of the Bellefontaine Fire and EMS Department found her critically injured and she was taken to Mary Rutan Hospital.

She was later flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where she was pronounced dead at 4:02 a.m.

The Planks were on leave with their five children visiting relatives in the area.

Monica Plank served a tour in Afghanistan from August 2010 to May 2011 with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467, achieving the rank of gunnery sergeant in 2009.

A 16 1/2 -year Marine, she was serving as a sergeant instructor at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Va., and was a member of a team that trained platoons of Marine Corps officer candidates.

A funeral is at noon Saturday at the West Liberty United Church of Christ, West Liberty, where visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. Burial with full military honors is in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.

Anyone with information about the crash or who may have been traveling in the area at that time or has observed recent damage to the passenger side bumper of a vehicle is asked to contact the Bellefontaine Police Department at 599-1010 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..